End of Month View of the Garden. End of April 2018
WITH THANKS TO HELEN, THE PATIENT GARDENER FOR HOSTING THIS MEME.
April is the cruellest month……..
Almost four seasons in one month, sleet, rainy, windy and more rain. We had a wet, cold Easter then a sudden hot spell over a weekend I was away. 88mm of rain and the garden has burst into growth with lots of lush, leafy growth.
However we are about four weeks behind on last years progress. I’ve delayed sowing many seeds until warmer temperatures became the norm, however its been difficult to judge what’s a normal temperature at the moment.
Even though I have two greenhouses, both are rather full with seedlings & small plants waiting for warmer weather, I need to prick out, and pot on more, but I’ve run out of room for the moment. A move around is pending.
My island bed which I planted up in the autumn with lots of Tulip Ballerina and Tulip Purple Dream is not exactly at the stunning stage yet…
I must make sure I buy plenty more of the same colour in the Autumn and try to achieve a bit of a better display next year.
Along my long border the growth rate has been behind on this time last year, the soil is still very sodden, and this means I’ve not as yet been able to re-cut the lawn edge as I had planned to have done by now.
There is also a disappointing lack of colour so far, I usually have lots of Primulas by now, but it’s mostly leaves.
One plant that is tucked away in the long border is my Lamprocapnos spectabilis Valentine, I’m always delighted when it re-shots every spring and not succumbed to the winter sogginess. Also a new addition is a Patio Quince tree I purchased through a mail order offer last autumn, apparently they are difficult to fruit in this area so I thought I’d give it a try. I’m under the impression they have lovely blooms.
Also new for me this year is the opportunity to grow some edible plants purely for seed saving, I’ve signed up to be a Garden Organic Heritage Seed Library Seed Guardian whereby you choose two varieties from their List of orphan vegetable varieties where they are low on seed, you grow the plants up and harvest, clean, dry and send the seeds back to be stored by the Heritage Seed Library which are then sent out to members each spring. Last year I attended part 1 & Part 2 of a seed saving workshop hosted by Garden Organic at their headquarters at Ryton so I was confident that I could reach the seed saving standards expected of a Seed Guardian.
The two varieties of plants I’m growing are Tomato Jugo and Pea Wigston.
As I live near the actual place called Wigston I had to try these, i’m allowed to eat some of the peas, but he majority must be harvested for seed saving and returning.
The Tomatoes should be easy to save as I save seeds from my Heritage Tomatoes most years. and you get to eat the tomatoey bit in-order to save the seed.
I’ve got some annual leave coming up soon and there is supposed to be quite a warm dry spell at the same time so I’m planning lots of relaxing weeding, mowing edging and replanting. It’s been a long winter and I crave some planty goodness.
Bye for now.